Cooking and Recipes

Quinoa Salad and the Rubberband Empire

May 8, 2017
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Peruvian Appetizer QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS 1 cup quinoa ½ cucumber ¼ cup fresh cilantro 2 Roma tomatoes 1 red bell pepper ¼ pound queso fresco or feta cheese 1¼ teaspoons aji amarillo, aji panca, or…

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Spelt Bread and Spelling Bees

April 30, 2017
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Swedish Appetizer SPELT BREAD INGREDIENTS 2¼ teaspoons (1 package) yeast 1½ cups lukewarm water 1 tablespoon butter (2 more tablespoons later) 2 tablespoons honey ½ tablespoon salt 4 cups spelt flour 1 tablespoon butter (1…

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Ginger Millet Porridge and Weightlessness

April 29, 2017
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Equatorial Guinean Breakfast GINGER MILLET PORRIDGE INGREDIENTS 1 cup millet flour 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon grated ginger (or ¼ teaspoon ginger powder) 1⅓ cups water 1⅓ cups milk ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Makes 3 bowls.…

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Carne Asada Tortas and the Mexican Revolution

April 22, 2017
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Mexican Entree CARNE ASADA TORTAS INGREDIENTS – MARINADE ¼ cup fresh cilantro 3 garlic cloves 1½ pounds flank or skirt steak ½ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup lime juice ¼ cup olive oil (2 tablespoons more…

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The Cuban Hamburger and Porsche

April 16, 2017
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Cuban Entree CUBAN HAMBURGER (Frita Cubana) INGREDIENTS 4 garlic cloves 1 onion 2 tablespoons olive oil ¾ teaspoon cumin ½ tablespoon Spanish paprika or paprika ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons ketchup ¼…

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Anise Bread and the Lost Pyramid of Burundi

April 15, 2017
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Burundian Appetizer ANISE BREAD INGREDIENTS 2¼ teaspoons yeast ½ teaspoon sugar (5 teaspoons more later) ¾ cup warm water 1 cup flour (2½ cups more later) 7 teaspoons anise seed 1 teaspoon salt 5 teaspoons…

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Soup, Rock n Roll, and the Iranian Revolution

April 12, 2017
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Iranian Soup BEEF, HERB, AND YOGURT SOUP (Aashe Mast) INGREDIENTS 2 garlic cloves 1 large onion ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon turmeric ½ pound ground beef ⅓ cup long grain rice 4½…

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Rice Pudding, Space Travel, and Economic Collapse

March 20, 2017
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Greek Dessert RIZOGALO (Rice Pudding) INGREDIENTS ¼ cup butter 4½ cups whole milk ½ short-grain white rice ½ cup sugar 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon corn flour ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Makes…

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Grilled Pork Skewers and the History of Warfare

March 17, 2017
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Croatian Entree RAZNICI (Grilled Pork Skewers) INGREDIENTS 1¼ pounds pork loin 1 small onion 2 bell peppers (any color) 2 garlic cloves 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning…

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Chicken Flautas and Mozart

March 15, 2017
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Mexican Entree CHICKEN FLAUTAS INGREDIENTS 4 chicken breasts 2 garlic cloves 1 small onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (4 cups more later) ¼ teaspoon cumin ¼ pound queso fresco or feta cheese ½ cup salsa…

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